When Cory Redding left the Ravens to join former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano with the Indianapolis Colts, conventional wisdom suggested that Pernell McPhee and Arthur Jones would be competing for the right to be the starting defensive end.
But then McPhee underwent minor knee surgery in the summer and wasn't removed from the team's physically-unable-to-perform list until Aug. 1. The following day, Jones was sidelined by a hip flexor injury that kept him out of practice until Saturday.
For the last two days, Jones has been working his way back into the rigors of practice, but it was only at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday that he began taking part in full-team exercises.
Jones said he has no objection to the medical staff's cautious approach with his return.
"I've just left everything with the training room, and that's where they've got me at right now," he said. "I'm just trying to work and get better."
Jones, who said his hip is feeling better, is still listed atop the depth chart at defensive end with McPhee right behind him. But McPhee started in Thursday night's 31-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons, and Jones said he's not sure how long it will take for him to jump back into the fray with McPhee.
"Whatever Coach [John Harbaugh] has planned for me, I'm excited to get out there," Jones said. "I don't know what he has in store for me, but I'm ready to keep competing and keep playing at a high level and get ready for the season."